A revolution in bacteria testing, the R-CARD™ test method offers the most convenient, streamlined way to detect not only the presence of E. coli and Coliforms, but also the number of colonies.
- Completely self-contained, requiring almost no additional equipment
- Extremely accurate and easy to understand results
- Fast results in 15-24 hours (incubated)
- Free technical support on any step of the process
- E. coli will show up as dark blue dots, Coliform will show as dark pink/red dots
How It Works
Unlike most E. coli / Coliform media on the market, R-CARD rapid tests require almost no additional equipment and offer an extremely easy user-experience. Simply lift the R-CARD ECC clear film and deposit 1 mL of your liquid sample on the card. Then release the clear film so it can fall back on top of the card, covering your sample. Within 1-3 minutes, the liquid sample will solidify between the two layers. This prevents it from dripping or leaking, making R-CARD rapid tests incredibly easy to transport and use in the field.
For quickest results, it’s best to incubate your sample at 35±0.5°C for 15-20 hours. After the appropriate incubation time, dark blue dots will appear showing E. coli colonies, and dark pink/red colonies will appear showing Coliform colonies. To enumerate, simply count the number of dots for each type.
For more detailed instructions, please check out the PDFs below. Remember, we offer free technical support on any stage of the process and would be happy to instruct and advise you.
Technical Step-by-Step Instructions: View PDF document
R-CARD General Use Instructions: View PDF document
Why R-CARD™ Rapid Tests Are Better Than Competing Products
R-CARD rapid tests offer a revolution in convenience without sacrificing accuracy. The cards are completely self-contained and don’t require petri dishes, agar, or other gear that’s fragile and prone to leak. Simply place your sample on the card and wait 1-3 minutes for the liquid sample to solidify between the two layers. This prevents it from dripping or leaking. Cards can easily be stored in a coat or backpack pocket.
It’s also incredibly easy to read the R-CARD’s results. After the appropriate incubation time, simply count the dark blue dots for the number of E. coli colonies and the dark pink/red dots for the number of Coliform colonies. This easy-to-read color system is a significant improvement from other multi-bacteria tests, where differentiating between microbes can be very difficult.
Additional Equipment Needed
While the R-CARD rapid tests are completely self-contained, you will need a sterile dropper or syringe to dispense your liquid sample onto the card. Once your sample is collected, it’s recommended to use an incubator to rapidly decrease the time it takes to view results (15 to 20 hours with an incubator).
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Why Choose Roth Bioscience?
Dr. Jonathan Roth is one of the most well-known names in microbiology and bacteria testing. He was the first to develop testing methods to use enzyme substrates for producing different colors to distinguish different types of bacteria. Roth Bioscience is still run by Dr. Roth, who continues to offer some of the most revolutionary innovations in the industry.
I feel uncomfortable storing the ECC units at room temperature (cool place in a desiccator?). Also concerned about incubation at 37 C for 24 hrs (concern that my self built incubator has a +/- of 4 degrees (set to 33 C) is not suitable to maintain max growth temperature and that the 24 hrs of incubation should be extended but concerned that I could be producing false negatives. Also, the ECC disc warp when removed from the pouch making it more difficult to inoculate but flattens out in the incubator. I need more time to get comfortable with this rapid assay system. I had been using the 3M ECC disk and liked the detection of E. coli by both color and gas production.